As the Port of Charleston plans to build a new terminal at the Old Naval Base, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control tests the air quality at nearby neighborhoods.
The South Carolina State Port’s Authority is following through on plans to build a new $600 million cargo terminal at the Old Naval Base in North Charleston. While they gear up for the construction of the project, DHEC conducted a study to show the quality of air around the area. This study showed that Charleston’s sea-driven air was comparable to other port cities in the Southeast. Because of this sea breeze, DHEC’s Division of Air Quality Analysis spokesman Scott Reynolds says Charleston has better air quality than most cities in the state, because the ocean breeze helps clear pollution.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports DHEC’s study was done to show what the air quality in and around the port was like before the terminal opened.
Greenville was rated among the worst in air quality when it came to the study.